Lo Choon Sieng 20km Walk 1:32:34 - Added Gold for Malaysia SEA Games 2011

>> November 13, 2011

Malaysia has continued its domination of men's 20km race walking when Lo Choon Sieng finished first and took the Gold medal home this morning (13.11.2011). He clocked a time of 1:32:34, though some way off to his season-best of 1:28:04 but it was fast enough to upset Indonesia's Hendro (1:33:23) who finished in second place for a silver medal. Vietnam's Nguyen Thanh Ngung went to win the Bronze medal in 1:35:48. Lo compatriot and defending champion Teoh Boon Lim managed the fourth or last position after clocking a time of  1:37:05.

For a record, Lo Choon Sieng holds the second best time in Southeast Asia in 1:27:36 which he set in Nomi, Japan last year, only Malaysian Harbans Singh had faster time 1:24:50 set in Podebrady back in 1997.

Meanwhile, as expected Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc defeated all other women walkers to win the Gold medal in a time of 1:43:22. Myanmar's Kay Kay Mya Tun (1:45:19) and Indonesia's Darwati (1:46:04) bagged the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Former champion Yuan Yufang has failed to deliver a medal after a poor performance.

Training setback was the known to be the cause of her outcome. In this edition, she clocked 1:48:29, which was over 16 minutes slower than her personal best of 1:32:25.

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